Erik Grimmelmann, PhD

Erik K. Grimmelmann, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the New York Technology Council (NYTECH), a nonprofit industry association dedicated to the furtherance of the technology industry in New York. Prior to joining NYTECH and The Triana Group, he was the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect of SendWordNow, a multi-channel alert and response service start-up that raised thirty million dollars and which he helped to establish and develop into a global company. Earlier, he was the Chief Technology Officer and Lead Architect at Cometa Network, a provider of enterprise-grade WiFi formed by IBM, AT&T, Intel and the venture firms Apax and 3i. Before Cometa, Erik was a Senior Vice-President at Dun and Bradstreet, where he was responsible for modernizing and deploying its technology Infrastructure worldwide.

Erik started his career at AT&T Bell Labs, where held a number of positions including Supervisor of Nuclear Weapons Effects and Network Survivability and Head of Government Communications Systems; on the business side of AT&T he was Division Manager of Business Orchestration Solutions at AT&T Computer Systems and Vice President for IP Networks and Access of AT&T where, as Chief Internet Strategist, he helped to plan $400 million in annual investments in technology infrastructure.

Erik has served on a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, on the Counter-Terrorism Technology Oversight Panel of the White House Science Office, and on the boards of a number of industry associations. He is a graduate of Haverford College and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has attended Executive Program in Business Administration at both Duke and Columbia Universities.